Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott will both miss Saturday’s game with West Bromwich Albion.
The duo missed the midweek defeat in Greece, although if you watched them against Swansea they were pretty much invisible last weekend as well.
Giving an update on their respective problems, while also confirming that defensive duo Bacary Sagna and Laurent Koscielny are out, the boss told Arsenal.com:
“Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott (calf) are out. Bacary Sagna (foot) and Laurent Koscielny (thigh) are not back.
“From Tuesday night in Greece there are no new injuries so we have a selection from the combined squad of Tuesday and Saturday.”
Wenger did stress clear that Podolski’s hamstring problem was a short term problem, while confirming that Andre Santos is close to a return having been sidelined for a couple of weeks with an abdominal problem.
Presumably Olivier Giroud will lead the line with Gervinho and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain retaining their place from midweek. Or not.